India vs West Indies 2nd ODI: Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s stunning catch in double-wicket 35th over turns the game
Bhuvneshwar Kumar held a a sharp caught-and-bowled to get Roston Chase. © AFP

Bhuvneshwar Kumar says he was not worried about India failing to defend a total of 279 in the second ODI against West Indies at Port-of-Spain on Sunday, because he felt a couple of wickets could turn the match around in a flash.

As it turned out, it was Bhuvneshwar who was at the forefront of West Indies’ collapse. In the 35th over of their chase, Bhuvneshwar dismissed Nicholas Pooran for 42 and Roston Chase for 18 – the second wicket courtesy a sharp one-handed return catch – at the Queen’s Park Oval to put West Indies behind the curve.


With those two wickets, the hosts went from 179/4 to 179/6. They ended on 210, India won by 59 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis Method and Bhuvnesher had four wickets for 31 runs in his eight overs.

“I wasn’t thinking much about the result. We knew if we could get one or two wickets then we would be back in the game,” he said after the second ODI. “When I came to bowl all I was thinking was I have to bowl economically and I feel that wickets are the byproduct of bowling tight.”

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“Pooran’s wicket (was the turning point). We know how good is he as a player and we knew he could change the game. Even Roston Chase, because the moment he came, he was busy with the singles. Those two wickets were crucial.”

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Virat Kohli went past Sourav Ganguly to become the eighth highest ODI run-getter. BCCI

India’s total of 279/7 was fashioned by Virat Kohli‘s 42nd ODI century and a perky 71 off 68 balls from Shreyas Iyer – his third fifty in six games for India.

After going 11 ODI innings without a century, Kohli made 120 off 125 balls. This hundred took him past Sourav Ganguly’s ODI mark of 11,363 runs to become India’s second-highest run-getter in the format and eighth overall.

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“From Virat’s expression you could see that he badly wanted to score a 100, not because he was out of form, but because he was getting out in the 70s and 80s and he always looking to score big runs,” said Bhuvneshwar. “The wicket wasn’t easy and it wasn’t easy to score runs as the ball got older. We know how good he is a player.

“I think it was a crucial partnership with Virat. He [Iyer] was hitting singles and he was hitting boundaries as well. I think he played with maturity.”

India lead the three-match series 1-0. The first ODI in Guyana was washed out. The final one is at Port-of-Spain on August 14.